Franziska Brantner MdB & Ekkehard Felder

  • "All lies"?
  • How politicians speak today (can/should/want to speak)
  • Literature

Politicians are often accused of populism and hate, but also of whitewashing and belittling. Informing, arguing and convincing has become more delicate before a basic tone of distortion and simplification.

What challenges do politicians face when they address a large, heterogeneous crowd of people? What choice of words, what tonality conveys credibility? Are there self-imposed taboos? What linguistic reactions are required in the case of “hate speech”, breaking taboos, discrimination in political discourse?

In conversation are Franziska Brantner, Heidelberg member of the Bundestag for the Greens, and the linguist Prof. Ekkehard Felder from the German Department of the University of Heidelberg, who also runs the blog Semantic Competitions – Like language, like way of thinking.

In the series Local Monday

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